Last year (October 2013) myself and my wife booked a late trip to Paleochora as a pick me up due to a family bereavement, on arriving we were let down by our initial accommodation provider, and knowing the resort we knew where Joanna's place was situated as we had seen them built over the years. We went cap in hand to Yiannis (father of Joanna)! Although we spoke no Greek and Yiannis little English we managed to muddle through with plenty of smiles, and he sorted us out with accommodation. The apartments were very clean and the place, though unusual in its architecture, had a nice feel to it and we were extremely comfortable there. We enjoyed them so much we booked again for June 2014 (Tuesday 10th - 17th June) Also on the trip were my in laws who are experienced Greek travellers, and my wife's sister. All the parties were very pleased with the accommodation which was kept clean throughout the week.
The apartments at the front have a road view, but as the road is an extremely minor one there is very little road noise. The apartments that have a sea views actually face each other but a simple hello in your neighbours direction is all that is required and the balconies are generous with table and chairs (we had 5 on ours with no problem) and staggered so that sea views are very close by. The views look out to the Libyan Sea and the island of Gavdos (when visible) The apartments balcony doors have a 3 shutter system one which shuts out the sun, a mosquito door and finally a glass sliding door, with all 3 in place very little noise gets through and sleep is not a problem. There is a local family Taverna next to the apartments which was handy for lunch when using the free beach (no euro's) during the day.
The apartments are the last tourist accommodation on the road in the old town and the road leads to both the harbour and also the other peninsula to the larger sandy beach.
The family also runs a cocktail bar and cafe in the town (10 minutes walk).
The rooms are all air conditioned which is essential if the doors are closed at night, as it does get warm, there is also free Wi Fi at the apartments (the access codes are in the rooms). There is no lift but this was not a problem and getting the bags to the rooms was relatively easy. Great place to base yourself for a lovely peaceful trip.
The family (Yiannis and Joanna) are very warm and friendly and I would have no problems recommending the apartments.
The family do not seem to use travel operators so booking in person is best via the website.
- Also Known As:
- Joanna's Place Paleochora, Crete, Greece